Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Meeker with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
1 month ago

Excellent hike, steep in some areas. Well worth the journey especially if you find that you have the lake all to yourself; however I wouldn’t swim in it, there are leeches.... great fishing though, beautiful scenery, watch for cattle.

hiking
1 month ago

Good exercise and beautiful views. Overgrown in some areas. We were looking forward to swimming in the lake but it was too shallow and muddy. More like a pond.

Did this on gaited horses yesterday. Great loop awesome views of different types and all kinds of terrain. Tracked on 2 gps and it was more like 29 miles, not sure where 21 came from.

The Marvine Loop trail is nearly snow free and passable around the entire loop, as of a June 13-15, 2018 trip.

backpacking
3 months ago

Has anyone attempted this trail recently? I am planning a trip here on June 13, 2018 and looking for condition reports. Thanks!

Fairly moderate trail. Does get difficult at times. Stunning scenery all the way to the lake.

backpacking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

This trail was very beautiful, the scenery was literally breathtaking! Both Marvine Trails (East and west) were very well travelled and easy to follow but once you get to the "trail" that connects the two you better have a good sense of direction, a map to follow, and altimeter, and something that keeps track of mileage. The trail literally disappears at the top of the plateau and you have to figure out which way to go and for how long. My group got so lost going from West Marvine to East Marvine that we ended up in the middle of the plateau, cliffs all around us, and 6 miles out of the way of the trail. We were forced to go through some tretortous terrain just to finally find the trail so far from where we realized we were lost at and we had a map of the area and a Garmin watch that kept track of all our mileage and stuff. Our 21.8 mile hike quite rapidly became a 29 mile hike and I was to the point of calling search and rescue to come help us. My advice: get a fishing license before you go so if you have to call search and rescue it's at no charge to you, buy a handheld and topographic map of the region, and hope that you can make your way from one Marvine trail to the other without getting as lost as we did. Oh and bring a water purifier because I know we ran out of water on top of the plateau and had to stop at a stream to fill up.

backpacking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Some of the most beautiful scenery in CO! We backpacked the full loop over three days in August hiking about 7 miles per day. Weather was perfect. We started the loop going counterclockwise and returned on East Marvine Trail.

There was plenty of the water on the trail, including streams, ponds and lakes, but we made sure to fill up at each opportunity. The trail is not well marked with sign posts except for a few locations, but is fairly easy to follow. Few horse trails branch off. There are also a good amount of stream/river crossings.

About half way out where you reach the top of the flat tops, the trail disappears completely in places and is only marked with cairns and post (but some have fallen down). Best to have a compass for this section to avoid walking the wrong direction. It helped immensely to have the AllTrails map too. Make sure you have plenty of water BEFORE you reach the flat tops as there is no water available for this section (in August) until you're back down the other side of the mountain - a good 4-5 miles.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Not small child friendly

trail running
Monday, June 06, 2016

this is beautiful country and there was not a soul in sight either. This is more of a horse trailer but hiking would also be good. Running was a bit rough because the trail is not in the best condition. There are a lot of fallen trees but overall this a great trail with gorgeous views as the trail runs a couple hundred feet above a river. The trailhead starts right at the first campground at the end of county road 12, super easy to find.

camping
Friday, June 05, 2015

Our first camp out with the kids...at 10,000 feet. Paradise. Looks like a beer commercial in the land of endless lakes, pines and flowers.

hiking
Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Flat Tops are a vast wilderness with multiple trails and access points. I will cover access from Yampa. Take the road to Cold Springs Campground at Stillwater Reservoir. There is a nice short trail north to Smith Lake. For an extensive trail - overnight - take the trail south from Stillwater Reservoir and cut left to Edge Lake once on the Plateau - the hike to the plateau is quite steep. The trail is beautiful and provides access to Flat Top Mountain (12345') - the Flat Top Mountain cairn is depicted in the picture as is Edge Lake in another picture. Be prepared, the weather can change dramatically and with little warning. This is all high altitude hiking above 3000 meters. I hid a bottle of Jack Daniels in a stand of Aspen southeast of Edge Lake in 1997 - it's probably still there.

camping
Thursday, November 07, 2013

I hiked up to Trappers lake in Aug of 1994,,,,,I started at a small campground just up above Buford CO. It's been so long ago that I don't remember the name of the camping area nor do I remember the length of the hike. I am guessing it was only about 3 miles or so but it was straight up til we hit that beautiful plateau and then maybe a 1/2 mile to Trappers Lake. We pitched our tent out in the open close to the lake. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It was my first Backpacking trip in CO. I was hooked! We when came down a couple days later we stayed one night in Buford. It was great!

Trail was not difficult just steep!

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

hiking
Sunday, April 12, 2015

trail running
Tuesday, September 09, 2014